Daniella Whyte

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What We Were (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 167)

What We Were

1 Corinthians 6:9, 11 (NLT)
Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

All of us have a sin nature. We were born with it. We battle temptation every day. At every point in life, we arrive at a crossroads and have a decision to make. We can choose to do good or evil. We all want to do what comes natural to us, but that often is sinful. When we choose to go our own way, we elect to travel a path that is far from God and riddled with defilement and debauchery that we will inevitably fall into without divine help.  Read more…

Relationship Over Rules Any Day (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 165)

Relationship Over Rules Any Day

Romans 7:7 (NLT)
Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.”

Many people mistake a relationship with Christ for a list of rules that tell us to do this and not that. Nothing could be further from the truth. Man made religion and suggests that we live by it. However, God made relationship and gives us the choice to accept it or reject it. If we convince ourselves that doing good works and following the Ten Commandments is the way to salvation, we make a grave and unfortunate mistake.  Read more…

No Bragging Rights (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 163)

No Bragging Rights

Ephesians 2:9 (NLT)
Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

God is perfect. He is holy in every way. There is nothing that He can do wrong. As sinful human beings, our ability to live up to that standard is obsolete. To even attempt to live up to God’s high standard of righteousness is futile. And no amount of good works or well-spoken words could ever save us or help us. Read more…

You Don’t Have to Work (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 162)

You Don’t Have to Work

Ephesians 2:8 (NLT)
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.

Why is it that we feel as though we have to do something when it comes to our faith and spirituality? We want to feel like we have earned it. Earning something or putting in extra effort to obtain something gives us certain bragging rights. Making that extra push, getting that extra sale, closing on that new deal makes us feel important. Who doesn’t like bragging every now and then? Read more…

Only One Exception (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 161)

Only One Exception

John 14:6 (NLT)
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

The path to salvation is like a one-way street. There are no other options on a one-way street. It takes you in one direction and that’s it. No exceptions. For centuries, people have falsely believed that all roads lead to truth, or all roads lead to God. But the truth is, there is only one way. There is only one exception. Jesus is that exception. Read more…

Risky Business (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 140)

Risky Business

Luke 14:28 (NLT)
But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?

Jesus’ call for people to follow Him doesn’t come with many tangible benefits. The kind of benefits that a high profile job offers are not part of the deal. He doesn’t promise a life of ease or a bed of roses. In fact, nothing close to it is anywhere in there. He tells us clearly it will be challenging and even heartbreaking at times. Read more…

Zero to One Hundred (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 125)

Zero to One Hundred

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT)
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

When Jesus died on the cross, He took our sin and stood in our place so we can be made righteous before God. He didn’t just die for the sake of dying. He died to fulfill God’s perfect standard of holiness. He was 100% perfect. We are 0% perfect. If Christ had been anything less than 100%, even if He had been 99.9%, He could not take our place on the cross. Read more…

Significant Horror (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 100)

Significant Horror

Colossians 2:14 (NLT)
He [Jesus] canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.

For many people in the world today, the cross is viewed as a symbol of Christianity. It is a representation of one’s faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Some people wear it as a necklace while many thousands sit atop steeples on churches around the world. But the cross is not as pretty as it is presented to be. The cross was a horrific stage of execution in Jesus’ day and the thought of it was dreadful. Read more…

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